Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Kelly (Lisduff)

In 1752 Peter Browne of Westport (1730-1780) married Elizabeth Kelly, only child of Denis Kelly, Chief Justice of Jamaica, from whom the Brownes inherited the Lisduff estate, parish of Tynagh, barony of Longford, Co Galway and sugar plantations in Jamaica. The Westport Estate Papers include a variety of papers dated 1723-1758 about property belonging to Denis Kelly in Jamaica and at Lisduff, Co Galway, acquired from his brother Edmond Kelly and also early 19th century rentals of the Lisduff estate. The estate was enlarged by Denis Kelly’s purchase of the lands of Drimatubber [Drumatober] and Garrancarf from the Countess of Kildare and others in 1749 and of the lands of Cormickoge from John Burke in 1750. Some of the earliest title deeds relate to the Hogan lands of Ballagh or Levallagh, barony of Longford, which were conveyed to Denis Kelly by John Prendergast on 19 Aug 1752. The 2nd Marquess of Sligo sold the estate to William Burke of Ballydugan, near Loughrea, Co Galway, in the late 1820s, after an exchange with Lord Clanricarde of a small part of the estate for some islands off the west coast, including Inishboffin. John William Browne, solicitor, of Dublin and Mount Kelly was agent for the Marquess's Galway estate in the early 19th century.


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Lisduff Lisduff Tynagh Portumna Moat 177 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M765133
OS Sheet: 107
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • Westport Estate Papers, Collection List 78; National Library of Ireland
  • Probate of the will of Denis Kelly of Jamaica & Lisduff, Co Galway, 22 Dec 1757. 999/475; National Archives of Ireland
  • Map of Lisduff House and lands, the property of Henry Brush, in the parish of Tynagh, barony of Longford, Co. Galway. Surveyed by John Algie, junior. Folio sheet, coloured, mounted on linen, 1862. 16 H 6 (1); National Library of Ireland

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